Christine's parents were together when she was little but her dad was an alcoholic. Her parents are separated now, but he does come to spend time with the children at home. There are 8 children in the family, 3 girls and 5 boys. Christine is the 3rd oldest in the family. Christine’s mother and aunt paid for her older siblings to go to school. Her father tried to help Christine, but he thought that spending money on school fees for girls was a waste because girls would either get married or pregnant and wouldn't finish school. Her mom and aunt encouraged her to finish school and paid her fees. Christine finished S4 (high school).
Christine’s uncle Peter is Maggie’s driver. He helped Christine and her brother pay for school. Christine is paying for her youngest siblings schooling. Peter told Christine about AHI, but she did not want to go to school here because she was from a different district that spoke a different language and wasn’t in the African bush. The only way to communicate with the staff and students was in English. Christine was angry for a long time because she did not want to be at AHI.
Christine was encouraged by Maggie, the trainers, and visitors and her attitude changed. She graduated in 2011 and was offered a job a Kyaniga Lodge as a housekeeper. She worked there for 3 months but it was not a good working environment. She moved in with her uncle Peter and Maggie called her to come and work at AHI as an intern. She worked as an intern for one year then she was hired as the guesthouse manager.
Christine enjoys learning about life and learning from the mistakes she’s seen in her family and in her life. She wants to improve her life and help her parents and siblings. Her dream is to build a house for her family. Once she feels like her family is in a better place, she might be interested in getting married and having a family of her own.
Christine was raised by a Muslim mother and Catholic father. She was baptized in the Anglican church. Fellowship at AHI was different than what she had experienced growing up and she was able to participate in worship instead of just watching at church. She now believes in one God and that Jesus is savior.
Christine is grateful to AHI for giving her the hope of supporting herself and her family instead of relying on her parents.